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Shamari Benton
LB #44
Height:
6-0
Weight:
223
Age:
23
College:
Central Michigan
Hometown:
Detroit, MI
Experience:
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Biography

Benton comes to Detroit in his first NFL stopbringing athleticism and force to the linebacker corps after tallying a career 300 stops at Central Michigan.

TRANSACTIONS

  • Signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent on August 16, 2014.

PRO
Benton comes to Detroit in his first NFL stopbringing athleticism and force to the linebacker corps after tallying a career 300 stops at Central Michigan.

COLLEGE

2013: Started all 12 games and finished second on the team with 111 tackles, and two sacks, tied for sixth in the MAC.

  • Named the Chippewas’ Defensive Player of the Year, co-recipient of the Kurt Donbronski award, and was a 2013 Third Team All-MAC award recipient.
  • Recorded four consecutive double-digit tackle feats during the season, including seven total.
  • Made second career interception and recorded 11 tackles vs. UNLV (9/14).

2012: Started all 13 games and finished the season with 126 stops.

  • Ended the season ranked second on the team and seventh in the MAC with 126 tackles.
  • Earned Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Lineman of the Game honors, tallying nine tackles in a win against Western Kentucky.
  • Recorded his career high of 14 tackles against Navy (10/12).

2011: Played in nine games, starting seven of them, concluding the season with 58 tackles.

  • Led the Chippewas’ defense with a career-high 10 tackles at Ball State (10/22).

2010: Played in 10 games and forced a fumble at Hampton (9/2).

  • Finished the season with 12 tackles.

2009: Redshirted as a freshman at Central Michigan.

PERSONAL
Attended Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) under the leadership of Coach Steve Nye. Was a three-year starter and ranked on the Detroit Free Press Fab 50.

  • Earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with a triple minor in leadership, ethics in society, and business administration.
  • During college, served as a Campus Chief Organizer for the American Cancer Society and volunteered as a youth mentor for the Detroit Police Athletic League.

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • Lions in London Show: Jim Caldwell

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    Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell joined the set on the "Lions in London" show in Trafalgar Square to talk about the week of practice in Pennyhill and dealing with injuries.

  • Lions in London Show: History of the NFL in the UK

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    Tom Leyden and Rob Rubick take a look back at the history of bringing American football to the UK on the "Lions in London" show from Trafalgar Square.

  • Lions in London Show: Tori Petry

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    Detroitlions.com reporter Tori Petry joined the set of the "Lions in London" show in Trafalgar Square to talk about moving an entire NFL team to the UK for a week and test some Lions players on their UK knowledge.

  • Lions in London Show: WXYZ Channel 7 and Shinola

    Posted 2 hours ago

    WXYZ Channel 7 Vice President and General Manager Ed Fernandez and Shinola President Jacques Panis joined the set of the "Lions in London" show in Trafalgar Square to talk about bringing Channel 7 and Shinola to London.

  • Lions in London Show: Bubba Baker

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    Former Lions defensive lineman Bubba Baker joined the set of the "Lions in London" show to discuss the Lions' dominant defensive line this year and his plans to bring Bubba's-Q to the UK.

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